These are the most in-demand job skills in South Africa heading into 2020

Jobs portal CareerJunction has published its latest industry index, showing which jobs and skills are drawing the most attention as the year closes off.

According to the group, hiring activity dropped by 8% in November 2019, while job search activity decreased by 5% over the same period.

The building & construction, business & management and admin, office & support sectors saw a notable uptake in jobs since October 2019, however.

The CareerJunction Index score increased to 97 index points during November, indicating slightly more competitive conditions in the job search market.

The index is based on comprehensive data gathered from the CareerJunction platform, which hosts the recruitment profiles for thousands of jobs from over 3,000 of the country’s top recruiters – both agencies and corporate companies.

These are the top trending jobs on CareerJunction’s platform:

Executive Management / Director

Average salary offerings for executive level position:

  • GP – R94,695 to R119,729 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC – R69,280 to R84,106 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN – R75,882 to R83,654 p.m. (CTC)

Business Development

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP – R32,571 to R41,246 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC – R27,190 to R33,381 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN – R31,698 to R42,976 p.m. (CTC)

Financial / Project Accounting

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP – R32,856 to R41,163 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC – R29,106 to R34,444 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN – R30,476 to R39,463 p.m. (CTC)

Following the trend seen for most of the year, the job skills most in-demand in South Africa are in software development, management and sales.

Hiring activity for IT professionals including software developers decreased significantly during, however. Despite this decreased demand, software development skills remain the most sought-after skill set.

Similarly, hiring activity for sales consultants decreased by 11% over the past 6 months. However, sales representatives are in constant demand in South Africa.

Middle and department managers remain high in demand in the South African job market. Finance managers as well as sales managers are on top of the list when recruiting for managerial skills.

According to CareerJunction, after a dip in hiring activity, there is now an upward trend in demand for business & management workers, which has seen an increase of 8% over the last three months.

Meanwhile, recruitment activity is decreasing for ICT professionals, and manufacturing & assembly staff. Hiring trends are also slightly down for architecture & engineering, a trend seen for the last two months.

Hiring activity is fairly flat for cleaning, maintenance & repair skills, while the medical and health sector has seen its hiring activity also balance out.

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These are the most in-demand job skills in South Africa heading into 2020